Epistemological Mystery and Thomas Merton
How have the narrow and the gauche,
Flaunting “econ,” “psych,” and “soash,”
Eclipsed their intellectual betters,
Our once exalted men of letters?
They’ve certainly never shown that they
Have more perceptive things to say
About life’s deeper mysteries
With formulae and indices
Than our tested bards and sages
Whom we’ve trusted through the ages,
But for no reason demonstrated,
Our literati abdicated…
Except for Merton,
Who was assassinated.